Game Preview: Mets @ Marlins

The Mets try to get past last night's poor showing of offense against the Marlins by going up against a pitcher who really knows how to handle the Mets. That's right folks, tonight the Mets draw Josh Johnson. This season Josh is 12-3 with a 2.99 ERA over 165.2 innings pitched and in his last three games he is 2-1 with 17.2 innings pitched and a 3.06 ERA. Against the Mets this season he is 2-0 over 22.0 innings and has a 2.45 ERA. Here are what the remaining Mets have been able to do against him:
     Francoeur 7-19
     Murphy 2-11, 2B
     Schneider 3-12
     Tatis 5-9
     Castillo 2-6
Francoeur hit a couple of screaming doubles last night and he has success agianst Johnson meaning that the Mets will be pinning a lot of their offense hopes on Jeff tonight. If the Mets hit like they did last night (and I am talking about with runners in scoring position) then they are going to need Pelfrey to pick up a lot of the slack.

Pelfrey is 9-8 on the seaosn with a 140.2 innings pitched and has a 4.67 ERA. In his last three starts he is 1-1 over 19.1 innings and has a 4.19 ERA. He has made one start against the Marlins this year where he has pitched 7.2 innings, allowed one earned run, walked one and struck out 6. Here are some Marlins stats against Pelfrey:
     Ramierez 4-23, HR
     Uggla 7-21, 4 2B
     Hermida 4-14, 3B
     Cantu 6-16, 3 2B
     Ross 5-14
In past seasons the fish have really giving Mike some trouble. The Mets could use him tonight to repeat his last start against them and keep the runners at bay so the Mets can finally get into the win column again. Lets Go Mets! Fry the Fish!

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